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arafat was poisoned. >>> kathleen sebelius back on capitol hill. the health and human services secretary facing more questioning about healthcare.gov. >>> and the vicious battles between the individual atlantis and the drug cartels now taking a turn in mexico. ♪ >>> we begin with an al jazeera exclusive report on the death of palestinian leader yasser arafat. he died nine years ago at a military hospital in paris. but now swiss scientists are saying the former plo leader was poisoned. they said the radioactive material was found in his ribs and pelvis, and in the soil near where he was buried. clayton swisher has more. >> reporter: first they found abnormally high amounts in his clotheds. now they have discovered a high presence of the radioactive substance inside his bones. swiss scientists produced this report after the exhumation order. the arafat family received the results from their lawyer along with analysis from professor of forensic science. >> if i was a judge and jury this is absolutely stone cold certain. it was palonium that caused the death of yasser arafat. >> when they
was poisoned. >>> and kathleen sebelius testifying on capitol hill again. >>> and the votes are in. we're going to take a look at the changing political landscape across the country. ♪ >>> we begin with stunning news concerning the death of plo leader yasir arafat. swiss scientists say the former palestinian leader was poisoned. they found high levels of poison in his ribs and pelvis, and the radioactive material was found in the soil where he was buried. clayton swisher has more from paris. >> reporter: first they found abnormally high amounts of the poison in his clothes. now they have discovered a high presence of the radioactive substance inside his bones. swiss scientists produced this 108 report after an exhume makes of his body last september. the data clearly favors poisoning of the leader with up to 83% confidence. the family received the results from their lawyer along with analysis from david bar -- barclay. for widow and daughter it is 100% proof. >> when they came with the results, they told me he just died. i will not stop. me and my daughter will go to all courts in all over th
of americans, delay is not an option. >> kathleen sebelius on capitol hill, why they have to move forward. >>> and pushing the peace process, john kerry talking with both sides. we begin with an al jazeera exclusive on the death of yasser arafat. swiss scientists proving what many suspected, arafat was poison. they found pulonium, the allegations triggered the effort to have his body exhumed last year. >> first they found unnormally high amounts of polonium 10 in his clothes then found a high level of the substance in his bones. the scientists say their data clearly favors the poisoning of palestinian's historic leader with up to 83% confidence. the arafat family received the result it's from their lawyer along with an analysis along with professor of forensic analyst david barclay. >> this is beyond any doubt if my opinion that it was polonium that killed yasser arafat. >> for wife and daughter it was proof. >> it was if they just told me he died. i will not stop. me and my daughter will go to all courts all over the world to punish who did this crime. >> now that i have proof that he wa
saying it will work. kathleen sebelius is making two stops in florida today. and there was a report out this morning suggesting the white house knew seems this might be damage control on the part of the white house. >> yes, good morning. kathleen sebelius spoke to students about the status of healthcare.gov. and the secretary was asked what did the government know? what did the administration -- were they aware that there could be problems with an october # 1st roll out. based on this report that indicated as early as last march that there may have been problems with logistics, and the number of people using the site. the secretary said they were aware of that report, saying the administration knew about theed a assessment and what issues could be in place. >> they gave a management assessment on what could go wrong, on what some of the issues were, and that was, as you say in march of last year, which was taken very seriously, and action plans were put in place to address those issues and problems. clearly all of them and particularly the timing for end to end testing was not sufficien
aware of that report and here is what kathleen sebelius had to say about that. >> action plans were put in place to address those issues and problems. clearly all of them, and particularly the timing for end to end testing was not sufficient. we have said that over and over again. a number of things that they identified in the march report as vulnerabilities clearly have worked extremely well like the hub. we did exactly what should have been in the middle of a build. and a management assessment of progress in place i think is an appropriate and prudent step to take. >> reporter: and from here in orlando, secretary sebelius travels to miami to continue her assessment that healthcare.gov and the affordable care act is up and running. >> julia thank you very much. >>> people in the midwest are recovering, rebuilding their lives after the deadly string of tornados that tore through the nation's heartland. eight people were killed and dozens more injured. almost 8,000 people remain without power at this hour, and in one of the hardest hit counties, washington, illinois, more than 1 thousand
in with libby casey on capitol hill. libby, boy, the secretary of health and human services, kathleen sebelius, was back on capital little todacapitol hillt seat facing difficult questions on the roll out of obamacare. >> reporter: she got some friendly questions from democrats who are trying to use the bellows to say the law is working, helping people, right? she also got tough questions from fellow democrats including this senate committee chairman max bacchus, democrat from montana. he helped write the law, and he has a lot at stake. he warned secretary sebelius back in the spring if the rollout was not handled well, and the obama administration did not get out ahead of it, it could be a train wreck. >> this is unacceptable. it has been disappointing to hear members of the administration say they didn't see the problems coming. secretary sebelius, last time you came before this committee i used two words to voice my concerns about the law's implementation. since then my words have been twisted and used to malign the affordable care an act. make no mistake i believe in this law. >> reporter:
services secretary kathleen sebelius was briefed on those problems just a few weeks before she testified in congress that everything was set for the roll out of the site. in any case as the website continues to develop and people sign up, a certain number of young healthy people need to buy in. here to talk about how young adults are viewing the affordable care act, aaron smith, executive director of young invincibles. what are they saying with the website and warnings and red flags that were missed? >> first of all young people are one of the groups that have supported the healthcare law the most but there is a tremendous amount of confusion and lack of information out there. which is a challenge. where we are right now. we're six weeks in. there have been website challenges and enrollment has been low. but i think what we've seen in this that it takes time to infom young people and get them up to speed with what is in this, what their coverage options. what we saw in massachusetts was that those numbers spiked for young people particularly when they could see they could get a really g
are following at this hour. >> kathleen sebelius, the cabinet secretary overseeing the new health care law, is promoting it now in the sunshine state, as the political storms intesify for her and president obama back in washington. >> the administration is about to jump back into talks with iran over it's nuclear program. and at this hour, the president is briefing key senators on the contours of a potential deal. >> and some tornado victims in illinois are returning to their homes for the first time, and they are finding something money can't buy. ♪ >> there is new evidence today that president obama has now reached the lowest point of his presidency so far. the washington post and abc news just released a new opinion poll showing that approval for mr. obama has dropped to 42 percent. that's the lowest number he's had in office. the president's disapproval rating has jumped up to 55%, the highest number he has had. the fall-off in support for president obama has been fueled by the rollout problems for the new health care law. fifty seven percent of those surveyed now oppose the measure,
and human services secretary kathleen sebelius was back on capitol hill. libby casey is in washington for us, libby, the senate, hello, is supposed to be safe territory for the democrats, but that was not the case today. >> reporter: that's right, tony, and it started right off the bat. the committee chairman, democrat of montana, is one of the main architects of the healthcare law. he warned if the i amer implementation of this law was not handled well it could be a train wreck. >> this is unacceptable. it has been disappointing to members of the administration to say that they didn't see the problems coming. secretary sebelius the last time you came before this committee i used two words to voice my concern about the law's implementation. since then my words have been used to twist and malign the affordable care act. make no mistake, i believe in this law. >> you hear democrats, including senate bacchus supporting the law but being disappointed in how this roll out has been handled. secretary sebelius said it's been a miserable five weeks since the health a care.go heal. >> now some have a
for health and human secretary, kathleen sebelius, to be fired over the website glitches, and now he's demanding answers on ep role. numbers through a subpoena. in a statement, he said: secretary sebelius insists that the enrollment numbers to the site are not reliable right now, and they will be released in mid november. right now, the site is up and running, accepting applications, al be it a little slow. >> the government is hiring some of the top tech companies, and they have recruited the largest software company, along with google and red hat and dozens of others. >>> edward snowden, offering to help germany in the suspected phone tapping of merkel. giving him a letter to give to the chancellor. he called the actions of the u.s. government harmful and offered to visit germany to help in its investigation. >> >> and meantime, john kerry has acknowledged that the u.s. overstepped it's boundaries. he defended the nsa's work, and he said that it was party that the agency had gone beyond what was necessary to keep the country safe >> in some cases, i acknowledge as does the presiden
the site had nearly 1 million visitors in the first 24 hours. some are calling for kathleen sebelius to be fired because of the problems. now he is demanding answers on enrollment numbers through a somebody, in a statement issa said . . . >> reporter: secretary sebelius insists enrollment numbers to the site are not reliable right now. they are be released by mid-november. meanwhile she said the site is up and running and accepting indications albeit a little slow. >>> just john kerry now acknowledging that the nsa has overstepped its mission. kerry defended the agency's surveillance work but he also said that that work had gone far beyond what was necessary to keep the country safe. >> and in some cases i acknowledge to you, as has the president some of these actions have reached too far, and we're going to make sure that that does not happen in the future. >> meanwhile edward snowden is meeting a german member of parliament in moscow yesterday and offered to help with germany's investigation. >>> now to syria where there are reports of an israeli air strike. stephanie decker has mo
at the port of new orleans there. >> the secretary of health and human services, kathleen sebelius said that assurers have to cover addiction just as they do physical illnesses. >> later this morning. >> later this morning, we'll post the final parity rule. it will expand and protect behavioral health benefits for more than 62 million americans. this is the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in a generation. >> the announcement of good news for the affordable care act law, but they're dealing with glitches, stopping americans from signing up for insurance coverage on the website. >>> it's one of the largest storms ever reported and it's battering the philippines and now moving to vietnam. landfall expected to reach 190 miles an hour. craig is live in hong kong, and what's the latest you're hearing from there? >> well, as you mentioned, it's completely devastated parts of the philippines. the strongest storm ever on the planet arguably at this stage. it hit the east coast, creating storm surges of 15 feet. this is in an area where there were many islands that a 3-foot stor
america. >>> president obama says he is standing by kathleen sebelius. some republicans are calling on her to be fired because of the botched rollout of the affordable care act. >> later this morning, we will post the final parity rule for mental health. [ applause ] >> now that incredibly important law, combined with the affordable care act will expand and protect behavioral health benefits for more than 62 million americans. this is the largest expansion of behavior health coverage in a generation. >> that announce suspect a bit of good news for the affordable care law, but the white house is still dealing with the technical glitches on the website. >>> still ahead on al jazeera america, the philippines hard hit by one of the strongest storms on record. we'll have the latest next. >> we're watching the satellite closely, because now it is moving across the south china sea. the latest coming up in bathe. >>> it is one of the largest and most powerful storms ever recorded and it battered the philippines, now moving towards vietnam. winds reaching an estimated 195 miles an hour. for more we
viqueira at the white house. mike, thank you very much. >>> kathleen sebelius is on the road again today. this as the fallout with the affordable care act continues to grow and grow. julia is in orlando where she will first stop. and the president obama participate wants to do something when they go to florida. what do they want to achieve? >> well, this morning she spoke to students here, and her goal was to let the students and administrators know that the government is addressing issues regarding the website so users can enroll. she spoke about the fact that this is still a new system. enrollment runs through march of 2014. she said we're still in the first quarter of a four-quarter system, and we're working to make everything is working right. this is just one of the latest stops in a series of meetings. they wanto make sure people know the system is working, the government is addressing issues, and as people log on, it will be a success. and the target of letting young people know they can get affordable coverage. dell? >> do we know what the schedule will be in florida? >> they wer
. but secretary kathleen sebelius is hdenyies she ignored the war. >> do you believe the system was delivered on october 1st? >> it was. >> it wasn't performed as well as we liked, and certainly had more glitches than we anticipated but we did deliver a system. >> do you think glitches is a proper to use to describe the roll out? >> i think there are problems. >> problems president obama obama admitted to. >> i think we under estimated building th the website to works it should. >> the president has hired outside help to fix it. erica ferrari, al jazeera. >> twitter says it now is going to be tougher to spy on its users. the micro blogging site said it has set up it's encryption standards. it's is enabling a technology for traffic that is going through its site. this is the latest effort to improve security after leaked nsa reports spying on digital content. >> meteorologist: well, if you stepped outside across the northeast you can see for yourself it's an absolutely beautiful day, brilliant high pressure meaning not many clouds in the skies, and plenty of sunshine to go around. however, bet
and local officials secretary kathleen sebelius played cheerleader. >> we're on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month. that was our commitment. >> reporter: the goal was to handle 50,000 users on the site as one time. as many as 800,000 in a 24-our period. we went online to see how healthcare.gov is working. as the white house promised it seems to be running more smoothly. but the administration admits there could still be logjams and they're testing a new system that would put people in a queue and let them know their estimated wait time. as the website improves the push is on to get young people especially to sign up. they're healthier and can offset the costs of covering older americans. and the campaign to urge moms to enroll their kids in healthcare. and on the other side some conservative groups are pushing young people to skip coverage. as of now the administration has not released numbers on how many young people have signed up for coverage. the next few weeks will be critical for obamacare. anyone who wants health insurance
in this country. that's not something that we're going to do. >> on the conference call, health secretary kathleen sebelius played cheerleader. >> we're definitely on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month. that was our commitment. >> the goal is to handle 50,000 users at the site on one time. as many as 800,000 in a 24-hour period. we went online to see how healthcare.gov is working, and as the white house promised, it seems to be running more smoothly. the administration admits there could still be log jams and they're testing new systems that would put people in a queue to let them know their anticipated wait time. >> they're hoping young people will sign up. they're healthier and will offset the cost of older americans. and encourage moms to enroll in obamacare. there are provocative ads developed by non-profits. >> ahead on al jazeera america. measurement of success and failure in the global fight against a.i.d.s. >> and join the conversation online @ajamstream. >> every sunday night, al jazeera america presents... gripping films from the world's top
. >>> health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius was on the hot seat again on alcohol today. she fac ons capitol hill today. libby casey has more on what happened from washington. >> secretary sebelius met tough questions and criticism right from the start of today's senate finance committee hearing. the chairman is a democrat of montana and he is one of the chief architects of the health care law, so he has got a lot riding on its success. he actually warned secretary sebelius last sprirng that if its -- spring that if it implementation wasn't done correctly it would be a train wreck. >> this is unacceptable. it has been disappointing to hear members of the administration say they didn't see the problems coming. secretary sebelius, last time you came before this committee i used two words to voice my concerns about the law's implementation. since then, my words have been twifortetwisted and maligned the forecast. make no mistake i believe in this law. >> the secretary said there's no excuse for what she calls a miserable five weeks since the website healthcare.gov launched. but she
coverage. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius is expected to make that announcement this morning opinion the new rules extend benefits to rehab and outpatient services. insurers have raised concerns that mental health treatments are sometimes lengthy. the administration said the rules won't significantly increase premiums, because only a small percentage of patients require higher levels of care. we spoke recently to patrick kennedy about his personal struggles with mental health. the former senator has now become the spokesperson for expanded coverage. >> when you consider how important it is that your brain functions well for the rest of your body to function well, why wouldn't we make the necessary investments to help your brain function better? >> advocates say this is a victory for people who have mental health issues who for years have said it isn't equal to other coverage. >> the president has apologized to americans who are losing their current health insurance plans. while he was touting his health care plan he said no one would have to give up their policie
will do this. >> health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius says treatment in line with physical care. >> now that incredibly important law combined with the affordable care act will expand and protect behavioral health benefits for more than 62 million americans. this is the largest expansion of behavioral health coverage in pooh generation. >> meanwhile the white house is facing more problems with healthcare.gov. jeff zeinz who is leading the effort to fix site, says his group is miking progress but discovering more roadblocks. >>> why are people moving up and trying to find work? we'll ask the labor secretary. and twitter's brand-new stock has made a lot of people very rich but some people living in san francisco say their new wealthy is costing them their homes. >>real. >>unconventional. >>an escape from the expected. what happens when social media uncovers unheard, fascinating news stories? >> they share it on the stream. >> social media isn't an after-thought, it drives discussion across america. >> al jazeera america's social media community, on tv and online
. >>> and kathleen sebelius testifying on capitol hill again. >>> and the votes are in. we're going to take a look at the changing political landscape
will sign the bill that was passed by the legislature on tuesday. >>> kathleen sebelius will be answering more questions about problems with the federal health exchange website later this morning. she'll testify before a senate committee. >>> in sports the 49ers alden smith returned to the team and spoke about his alcohol rehab for the first time. find out what the star linebacker has to say in a bit. >>> the storm system marching across the country is bringing rain eastward. i'll have the forecast and plus the latest on a super typhoon. >>> in the next hour, the press secretary for the republican national committee will join us live. we'll ask here if the election results reflect how americans feel about the republican party and how the tea party factored into the votes yesterday. >>> "al jazeera america" continues in two and a half minutes. thomas drayton and i will have all of the day's top news. >> they say they did it because they were trying to protect my children. they didn't protect my children, they traumatized them. >> fault lines examines why so many native american kids are ca
to the american indian community. we heard health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius address what these across the board cuts have meant today. >> these cuts mean 3,000 fewer in-patient admissions, and unconsciencably 804,000 fewer out patient visits for patients. 804,000 trips that should be to the doctor or to see a nurse or to keep people healthy have been cut. it's congress who has to take action on a realistic budget, getting rid of sequestration and preventing the next round of arbitrary cuts from having a devastating impact. >> she pointed out that one in every three american indians does not have health care in this country. also the elderly are especially in danger of not being covered. she talked about healthcare.gov, the website on everybody's mind here and encouraged people to try to use that resource. i heard one tribal leader say it would have been good to use the community to test the model. >> secretary of state john kerry also set to speak as a congressional hearing today. he will be talking about iran's nuclear program. he just returned from talks in geneva. spea
for health and how many services secretary kathleen sebelius to be fired. >> she shouldn't be there. >> he is demanding numbers on enrollment numbers throughing a subpoena. in a statement, he said: >> secretary sebelius maintains the facts and physician aren't reliable because the site hasn't been functioning properly and that is no why she has not provided the information. she insists the numbers will be released by mid november. the administration set a goal to enroll 7 million people by march 1. >> keep in mind, 250 people in the first two days doesn't add up. >> the math definitely doesn't add up. when we did the math, they need to be doing 40,000 h 40,000 enrs to hit the mark, still, sebelius is saying the site is up and running, and they are accepting applications, although slowly. >> that's a big gap. >> indeed. brightest minds from top technology companies are being brought in to help fix the site. the obama administration is recruiting to help fix the exchange. they are arriving just in time here. the announcement came thursday after the site had been down for a day and a half. >>
his widow. >> for million of americans, delay is not an option. >> kathleen sebelius on capitol hill, why they have to move forward. >>> and pushing the peace process, john kerry talking with both sides.
services don't knew the site had serious problems before it launched. but hhs secretary kathleen sebelius denied she ignored warning signs. >> action plans were put in place to address issues and problems. >> reports claim white house officials were inflexible and would not negotiate with the contractors to extend the october 1st debut. >> do you believe the system was delivered on october 1st. >> it was. it wasn't performing as well as we liked. but we delivered a system. >> is that the proper word. >> i think there are problems. >> problems president obama has admitted to. >> i think we underestimated the complexities of building out a website that needed to work the way it should. >> but the administration insists the health care website is improving every day. the president hired outside help to fix it and appointed the economic designer to oversee repairs. >> the country's 600,000 homeless people fighting to survive, a major worry is holding on to what little possessions they have. diane eastabrook highlights an issue trying to solve the problem. >> as night falls on chicago, the cit
secretary kathleen sebelius played cheerleader. >> we are on track to play a different user experience by the end of the month. that was the commitment. >> the goal is to handle 50,000 users on the site at one time. 800,000 in a this-hour period. >> we went on line to see how healthcare.gov is working. as the white house promised, it seems to be running more smoothly. they are testing a system that would put people in a queue and let them know the estimated wait time. >> as the website improves the push is on to get young people to sign up. they are healthier and can offset the cost of covering older americans. an aarp campaign calls on mums to urge kids to enrol in obamacare. there are provocative ads developed by two colorado non-profits. on the other side conservative groups pushed young people to skip coverage. as of now the administration has not released numbers on how many young people signed up for coverage. the next two weeks will be critical for obamacare. anyone that wants health insurance starting in january will need to enrol by december 23rdrd. >> north korea has released
. they are calling for deduct ability for mental care match others. kathleen sebelius underscored how important the measure is. >> that incredibly important law combined with the affordable care act will expand and protect behavioural health benefits for more than 62 million americans. this is the largest expansion of behavioural health coverage in a generation. >> the obama administration is facing more problems with healthcare.gov. problems with user overload are popping up. the leader of the tech teams working to fix the glitches say they are making progress. >>> family members of a victim killed in the navy yard shooting is suing the government for $37 million, the family says the navy and department of vat ran affairs ignored warning signs about the shooter's mental health. the navy is not commenting. 12 died when keith alexander went on -- when alexize went on a shooting rampage. >> a new york detective was a picture, and a bikie gang faces charges. a victim bumped a biker with his suv and ran over another biker while trying to get away from the group. when they did manage to catch up wit
, but there is no need to delay the medical insurance enrollment process. that is the message kathleen sebelius took to capitol hill yesterday. she had to do more than defend the law. she had to defend herself. >> your main goal should have been to protect americans to lessen their risk and ensure their safety, but in your zeal to implement this law, nothing would implement you from deterring the changes. you said america should hold you accountable, which is why to do, madam secretary, i repeat my request for you to resign. >> sebelius offered no resignation and fought off the call for a delay to the rollout of obamacare. >> some have asked why not delay implementation of the new law until all of the problems are fixed, and there's a pretty straight forward answer. delaying the affordable care act wouldn't delay people's cancer or diabetes or parkinson's. it didn't delay the need for mental health services or cholesterol screenings or prenatal care. delaying the affordable care act doesn't delay the foreclosure notices for families forced into bankruptcy by unpayable medical bills. >> the troubled
the site had serious problems. hhs secretary kathleen sebelius denies she ignored plans. >> white house officials were inflexible say new reports, and would not negotiate with the contractors to extend the october 1st debut. was the system delivered on october 1st. >> it was,s it wasn't performing as well as we liked. we did deliver a system. >> glitches, do you think, is that the proper word to describe the roll out. >> i think there are problems >> problems that president obama admitted to. >> i think we underestimated the complexities of building a website that needed to work the way it should. they insist that the website is improving. a chief economic provider happens been brought in to oversee repairs. >> glitches with the government healthcare website are deminnishing healthcare approval of president obama and his party. we go to rome, georgia where tea party candidates are using the troubled roll out to their advantage. >> in rome, georgia, political chatter about what is happening in washington. >> 90% of people up there don't have a clue about what is going tonne in the united
. >> on a conference call with state and local officials health secretary kathleen sebelius played cheerleader. >> we are on track to have a different user experience by the end of this month. that was the commitment >> the goal is to handle 50,000 users on the site at one time. as many as 800,000 in a 24 hour period. >> we went online to see how healthcare.gov is working. it seems to be running more smoothly. the administration admits there could be log jams and are testing a new season that could put people in a cue. as the website improves the push is on to get young people to sign up. they are healthier and con offset the costs of older parents. kids have been urged to enrol in obamacare. there are provocative adds. and on the other side some conservative groups are pushing young people to skip coverage. as of now the administration has not released numbers on how many young people signed up for coverage. the next two weeks are critical. anyone that wants health insurance will need to enrol. >> a spokesperson for the group that operates the site says it needs more walk. it will be online tomorr
a faster and youers will face fewer errors. kathleen is h sebelius has some, to shop the website during off peak times and don't be afraid to comparison shop to get the best deal. we will gather to the health policy reporter for the wall street journey, she's in washington tonight. they said it won't be perfect, do you think it will be largely problem free. >> what we're hearing some of the front-end problems have been fixed so the site looks better, the pages load faster, some of the back end problems the administration has acknowledged there are still problems. they're still tripping up the identity page. these are problems that could be exacerbated by a volume of people come together site. >> will most people be able to log onto the website and buy insurance? >> the best way to think about these problems is that they're hidden to a large number of people. but they're very real problems and hard to fix. the vast majority of people may see a better using experience on this site. what remains to be seen is whether a good number of people are still getting tripped up by the back end problem.
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